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The opening of the Kalona Community Center in late August has brought a spike in YMCA memberships.
Kalona memberships have jumped 48.3 percent in the weeks following the opening of the 20,000-square-foot facility.
“Before (the opening), we had 497 members,” Kalona City Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh told the city council on Sept. 4. “As of today, we’re at 737 members.”
Schlabaugh added that of the 737 members, 628 are Kalona residents.
“The typical saturation is 12 percent,” he explained. “That’s the gold standard. We’re about 20 percent. This is outstanding.”
He explained that they expected a spike in memberships with the opening.
“It’s something new, so people are going to be curious,” he said. “But this exceeded expectations that I had as a startup.”
Schlabaugh noted that memberships also see a spike during the winter months.
“It will be interesting to see what the numbers are at this time next year,” he said.
Council person Craig Spitzer raised the question as to what constitutes a Kalona resident.
He said he had been asked if people who own property in Kalona but live elsewhere are considered residents.
Schlabaugh explained that in order to receive the reduced membership rate, a person must physically live in Kalona.